Terms and conditions

Terms of website use

These terms (together with the documents referred to) tell you the terms of use on which you may make use of our website (www.isbn-international.org) (our site), whether as a guest or a registered user. Please read these terms of use carefully before you start to use the site. If you do not agree to these terms of use, please refrain from using our site.

1. Information about us

Our site is operated by International ISBN Agency Limited (We). We are a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales under company number 05332288 and have our registered office at 48/49 Russell Square, London, WC1B 4JP, UK. Our VAT number is GB872 5809 91.

2. Information and purpose of our site

Our site consists of descriptive pages about the ISBN system and how it works, as well as news updates, etc. In addition, and depending on your user category, you may be able to access certain other parts of our site that are reserved for registered users and which may allow you to carry out searches and/or certain types of operations.

3. Accessing our site

3.1 Access to our site is permitted on a temporary basis, and we reserve the right to withdraw or amend the service we provide on our site without notice (see below). We will not be liable if for any reason our site is unavailable at any time or for any period.

3.2 We may restrict access to some parts of our site, or our entire site, to national ISBN agencies and/or certain categories of members or users.

3.3 If you choose, or you are provided with, a user identification code, password or any other piece of information as part of our security procedures, you must treat such information as confidential, and you must not disclose it to any third party. We have the right to disable any user identification code or password, whether chosen by you or allocated by us, at any time, if in our opinion you have failed to comply with any of the provisions of these terms and conditions of use. We also have the right to disable your account if it has not been used for at least two years or if you are no longer working at an ISBN registration agency.

3.4 You are responsible for making all arrangements necessary for you to have access to our site. You are also responsible for ensuring that all persons who access our site through your internet connection are aware of these terms, and that they comply with them.

4. Prohibited uses

4.1 You may use our site only for lawful purposes. You may not use our site:

4.1.1 in any way that breaches any applicable local, national or international law or regulation;

4.1.2 in any way that is unlawful or fraudulent, or has any unlawful or fraudulent purpose or effect;

4.1.3 for the purpose of harming or attempting to harm minors in any way;

4.1.4 to send, knowingly receive, upload, download, use or reuse any material which does not comply with our content standards below;

4.1.5 to transmit, or procure the sending of, any unsolicited or unauthorised advertising or promotional material or any other form of similar solicitation (spam); or

4.1.6 to knowingly transmit any data, send or upload any material that contains viruses, Trojan horses, worms, time bombs, keystroke loggers, spyware, adware or any other harmful programs or similar computer code designed to adversely affect the operation of any computer software or hardware.

4.2 You also agree not to access without authority, interfere with, damage or disrupt:

4.2.1 any part of our site;

4.2.2 any equipment or network on which our site is stored;

4.2.3 any software used in the provision of our site; or

4.2.4 any equipment or network or software owned or used by any third party.

5. Intellectual property rights

5.1 We are the owner or the licensee of all intellectual property rights in our site, and in the material published on it. Those works are protected by copyright laws and treaties around the world. All such rights are reserved.

5.2 You may print copies and may download any page(s) or complete documents from our site; you may draw the attention of others within your organisation to material posted on our site.

5.3 If you have the requisite access permissions you may display and print information obtained through either simple or advanced data searches that you carry out on our site, but this must be solely for your own personal, non-commercial use. You may not reproduce, retransmit, distribute, store in a retrieval device, disseminate, sell, publish, broadcast or circulate (whether in physical or digital form) the outcomes and results of any simple or advanced data searches that you have undertaken on our site.

5.4 If you have the requisite access permissions you may download details of allocations that have been made to publishers in your area of responsibility as an ISBN registration agency and which are held in our database. You may retain the downloaded file for the non-commercial use of your ISBN registration agency. You may not reproduce, retransmit, distribute, disseminate, sell, publish, broadcast or circulate (whether in physical or digital form) the outcomes and results contained in the file you have downloaded from our site.

5.5 You must not republish material from our site (whether in digital or physical form) without our written permission.  You may link, however, direct to the pages and documents on our site (see below).

5.6 You must not modify the paper or digital copies of any materials you have printed or downloaded in any way, and you must not use any illustrations, photographs, video or audio sequences or any graphics separately from any accompanying text and without our express written permission.

5.7 Our status (and that of any identified contributors) as the authors of material on our site must always be acknowledged.

6. Our site changes regularly

We aim to update our site regularly, and may change the content at any time. If the need arises, we may suspend access to our site, or close it indefinitely. Any of the material on our site may be out of date at any given time, and we are under no obligation to update such material.

7. Our liability

7.1 The material displayed on our site is provided without any guarantees, conditions or warranties as to its accuracy. To the extent permitted by law, we, our members and third parties connected to us hereby expressly exclude:

7.1.1 all conditions, warranties and other terms which might otherwise be implied by statute, common law or the law of equity;

7.1.2 any liability for any direct, indirect or consequential loss or damage incurred by any user in connection with our site or in connection with the use, inability to use, or results of the use of our site, any websites linked to it and any materials posted on it, including, without limitation any liability for: loss of income or revenue; loss of business; loss of profits or contracts; loss of anticipated savings; loss of data; loss of goodwill; wasted management or office time; and for any other loss or damage of any kind, however arising and whether caused by tort (including negligence), breach of contract or otherwise, even if foreseeable.

7.2 This does not affect our liability for death or personal injury arising from our negligence, nor our liability for fraudulent misrepresentation or misrepresentation as to a fundamental matter, nor any other liability which cannot be excluded or limited under applicable law.

8. Information about you and your visits to our site

We may process information about you in accordance with our privacy and cookie policies.  By using our site, you warrant that all data you provide is accurate.

9. Uploading or entering data or material to our site

9.1 Whenever you make use of a feature that allows you to upload material to our site, or to enter data to our site, or to make contact with other users of our site, you must comply with the following content standards You warrant that any such contribution does comply with those standards, and you will indemnify us for any breach of that warranty.

9.1.1 Contributions must: be accurate (where they state facts); be genuinely held (where they state opinions); and comply with applicable law in the UK and in any country from which they are posted.

9.1.2 Contributions must not: contain any material which is defamatory of any person; contain any material which is obscene, offensive, hateful or inflammatory; contain any personal data except personal data that has been collected and processed with the individual’s consent to its collection, processing and subsequent transfer to us, and in full compliance with GDPR; promote sexually explicit material; promote violence; promote discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age; infringe any copyright, database right or trade mark of any other person be likely to deceive any person; be made in breach of any legal duty owed to a third party, such as a contractual duty or a duty of confidence; promote any illegal activity; be threatening, abuse or invade another’s privacy, or cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety; be likely to harass, upset, embarrass, alarm or annoy any other person; be used to impersonate any person, or to misrepresent your identity or affiliation with any person; give the impression that they emanate from us, if this is not the case; and advocate, promote or assist any unlawful act such as (by way of example only) copyright infringement or computer misuse.

9.2 Any material you upload to our site will be considered non-confidential (excepting personal data) and non-proprietary, and we have the right to use, copy, distribute and disclose to third parties any such material for any purpose (excepting personal data where we will only disclose it in line with our privacy policy). We also have the right to disclose your identity to any third party who is claiming that any material posted or uploaded by you to our site constitutes a violation of their intellectual property rights, or of their right to privacy.

9.3 We will not be responsible, or liable to any third party, for the content or accuracy of any materials posted by you or any other user of our site.

9.4 We have the right to remove any material or posting you make on our site if, in our opinion, such material does not comply with the content standards set out in these terms.

10. Interactive services

10.1 We may from time to time provide interactive services on our site, including, without limitation, bulletin boards and similar communication fora.

10.2 We will do our best to assess any possible risks for users (and, in particular, for children) from third parties when they use any interactive service provided on our site, and we will decide in each case whether it is appropriate to use moderation of the relevant service (including what kind of moderation to use) in the light of those risks. However, we are under no obligation to oversee, monitor or moderate any interactive service we provide on our site, and we expressly exclude our liability for any loss or damage arising from the use of any interactive service by a user in contravention of our content standards, whether the service is moderated or not.

10.3 Where we do moderate an interactive service, we will normally provide you with a means of contacting the moderator, should a concern or difficulty arise.

11. Linking to our site

11.1 You may link to any page or document on our site, provided you do so in a way that is fair and legal and does not damage our reputation or take advantage of it, but you must not establish a link in such a way as to suggest any form of association, approval or endorsement on our part where none exists.

11.2 You must not establish a link from any website that is not owned by you.

11.3 Our site must not be framed on any other site. We reserve the right to withdraw linking permission without notice. The website from which you are linking must not breach in any way any of the prohibited uses as set out in these terms.

11.4 If you wish to make any use of material on our site other than that set out above, please address your request to info@isbn-international.org.

12. Links from our site

Where our site contains links to other sites and resources provided by third parties, these links are provided for your information only. We have no control over the contents of those sites or resources, and accept no responsibility for them or for any loss or damage that may arise from your use of them.

13. Jurisdiction and applicable law

The English courts will have exclusive jurisdiction over any claim arising from, or related to, a visit to our site although we retain the right to bring proceedings against you for breach of these conditions in your country of residence or any other relevant country. These terms of use are governed by English law.

14. Variations

We may revise these terms of use at any time by amending this page. You are expected to check this page from time to time to take notice of any changes we have made, as they are binding on you. Some of the provisions contained in these terms of use may also be superseded by provisions or notices published elsewhere on our site.

15. Your concerns

If you have any concerns about material which appears on our site, please contact info@isbn-international.org. Thank you for visiting our site.